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2011 CAA Football Weekly Roundup – 1.13

Jan 13, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

Moving into the postseason and offseason now…maybe the roundups won’t be as frequent, but we will still feed the beast with some content.  The spring season won’t begin soon enough and we do some new things around our 11-team conference (checkout our left side margin for the new addition!).

Did you see the recent post including both National Top-25 polls?  Also included in that is the final Lambert Cup Trophy voting results.

Tons of stuff to get to…

Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler picked up a couple honors following the National Championship game.  On Monday he accepted the Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year honor, then on Tuesday he was named the AFCA National FCS Coach the Year.  Keeler is the first CAA Football coach since JMU’s Mickey Matthews to win the Liberty Mutual honor, as Matthews won the award in 2008.  Keeler’s AFCA award marked the third-straight season and sixth time in league history a CAA Football head coach picked up the honor.  Villanova’s Andy Talley (2009) and former Richmond head coach Mike London (2008) were the previous two winners.

During the Championship Week events The Maxwell Club announced its Tri-State honorees for the 2010 season.  Keeler was named the Coach of the Year, following Talley’s honor last season.  Villanova’s Ben Ijalana earned the Tri-State Player of the Year honor, following his 2010 season teammate Matt Szczur who picked up the award last season.

We found YouTube post from Maine this past week, chronicling the Black Bears’ pregame rituals leading up to gameday in Orono.  Watch that below.

Rhode Island Athletics Director Thorr Bjorn gave a video-overview of the 2010 football season on the latest installment of “From The Desk of Thorr Bjorn“.  Watch that video below.

Richmond made several announcements late last week and into the early portion of this week.  The Spiders announced the addition of Zohn Burden to their staff as wide receivers coach, then head coach Latrell Scott announced a couple staff promotions.

Portions of the 2011 schedule are starting to find their way to the public.  Richmond was the first to publicly announce its 2011 slateClick here to find the 2011 CAA Football Conference slate.  Once all our 11 programs release their plans for 2011 we will make a sweeping release of the entire schedule.

With the postseason also comes a wide variety of awards.  Prior to the Championship Week we posted the release of four All-America squads as well as some other postseason honors picked up by our programs’ student-athletes.  Most recently the College Football Performance Awards were announced.  Click here for a complete release of the 2010 winners, including six honorees from CAA Football.  Congratulations to Delaware’s Pat Devlin and Massachusetts’ Tyler Holmes on winning the organization’s National Player of the Year honor and Defensive Player of the Year honor, respectively.

A couple radio voices from the league were part of the news over the last week.  Richmond’s Bob Black was named the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year, while Towson’s Spiro Morekas called his 1,000th Tiger athletic event prior to the new year.  Another campus staff honor just came across our desk…longtime William and Mary Director of Sports Medicine, Steve Cole, will be inducted into the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

Moving on to the “next level”…a handful of CAA Football student-athletes will take part in postseason showcase games.  We previously blogged about Devlin taking part in the East-West Shrine game, then last week Richmond announced that Martin Parker and Justin Rogers will also be taking part in the game Jan. 22.  Ijalana and Szczur will be part of the Under Armour Senior Bowl week and game, Jan. 29.  The postseason showcase formerly known as the Texas vs. The Nation game has changed into the NFL Players Association Game and will be played on Feb. 5.  The roster for the NFLPA game will be announced soon.  Keep an eye out on the blog and for updates and invites to those postseason games.  CAA Football is on Twitter and we are following all three of those games’ Twitter accounts…you should too!  @shrine_game, @seniorbowl and @TexasvsNation.

In our last check of CAA Football alumni in the NFL we counted right around 40.  Of those 40 (part of active rosters as well as IR, practice squad, etc.) 14 will be taking part in this weekend’s second round of NFL playoff games.  Former William and Mary Tribe standout Mike Tomlin leads his squad into a rivalry game against former Delaware QB Joe Flacco!  For updates to the CAA Football in the NFL list go here for a list of NFL transactions.

Earlier this week was the BCS National Championship Game, and leading the Oregon Ducks was former New Hampshire alum and assistant coach Chip Kelly.  Using our Twitter account we asked where Chip Kelly spent his coaching days prior to taking his talents to Eugene.  Congrats to Ryan Hudson (@ry_hudson) for responding with the correct answer within mere seconds of the question.  He won himself a great CAA Football Prize pack…and we also want to thank him for tweeting about it!

Last but not least we are happy to promote our counterpart’s upcoming winter championship.  CAA Basketball recently produced a catchy promotional video for the event to be held March 4-7 at the Richmond Coliseum.  Take a look and be sure to get out and buy some tickets!

CAA Football…the offseason is where you separate yourself.